Gary, an affiliate faculty with the Graduate Education and Credentialing program, published a humorous novel entitled Checking in at the Crowbar Hotel. Based on his own experiences with at-risk youth, the novel gets its name from a slang term for juvenile hall.
“I really liked the challenging adolescents who were a part of my career,” Gary said. “Never a dull moment, and … I learned new things about their lives, their cunning, and even the humanity that motivated them, even while they were locked up.”
Gary believes there is much to learn from delinquent students who enter facilities like the one depicted in Crowbar Hotel and explores these themes in the book. His experiences working with troubled kids has shaped his career.
“Whatever I know about teaching has been informed tremendously by a bunch of kids who were seldom ever in school,” Gary said. “The irony of this continues to intrigue me!”
Crowbar Hotel is available in print and electronically at Amazon.com.
Ann, who teaches as an adjunct in the Master’s in Business Administration program, co-authored her work with British author Kim Stephenson. Their work is the informative Finance Is Personal: Making Your Money Work for You in College and Beyond, a personal finance resource that helps people get what they want out of their money.
In addition to her passion for writing and teaching, Ann currently serves as Treasurer and Board member of The Eleos Foundation in Santa Barbara and volunteers in the financial literacy program with Partners in Education, also in Santa Barbara.
Finance Is Personal is also available in hardcover and for Kindle at Amazon.com.